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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 21

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Wednesday, November 27, 1968
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The Palm Beach Postl Gardens Clinic Set PALM BEACH GARDENS - Eight members of the Miami Florictianj American Basketball Association team and its coach, Jim Pollard, will conduct a clinic at 7 p.m. Friday at Palm Beach Gardens High School Gymnasium. Mickey Neal, athletic director at Palm Beach Gardens, announced that the entire area is invited. Admission h free. Best Fishing Bet A buildup of kingfish offshore in this area will add to the fun for drift boat fishermen. Pornpano fishing picked up in Lake Worth Tuesday, and anglers probably will find mackerel and bluefish willing to strike lures in the vicinity of St. Lurie Inlet. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1968-19 Ed Pteisted Cooper Cautious As Hawks Gunning For Playoff Spot Gaither Tells It As It Is . ooooo ' XOPOOOOOI -A it .. r r J!i ttocooooooooooooatxecunve sports canoi 0h it C r r.,JT;v '' ,'- c IT 1 . -airj. L-JT r... . , Bv DON BOYKIN Staff Writer Randy Cooper. Seacrest High football coach, was cautious as usual Tuesday when talking about his club's game with arch-foe Lake Worth tonight at Russ Bullard Field But. then, can you blame him? Cooper's Seahawks met the Trojans in one of six Thanksgiving Even contests. All game times are 8 p.m. Seacrest can clinch an unbeaten season, the Suncoast Conference Eastern Division title and the District 4-AA playoff berth tonight with a win over Lake Worth. But despite the Trojans 6-2-1 MIAMI Alonza Smith i Jake) Gaither speaks softly and disarms lis listener with his good-natured charm. He is a man who likes to laugh but he isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Maybe that's what I admire about the veteran football coach and athletic director of Florida A&M University. Gaither and other members of the FAMU athletic staff and faculty were in Miami Monday for a luncheon to promote thp Orange Blossom Classic football game. Saturday. Dec. 7, in the Orange Bowl. The Rattlers will play Alcorn A&M College from Lorman. Miss., in the game that should decide the national Negro championship. Gaither was seated in the lobby of the Everglades Hotel where he was taking a ribbing from a television sportscaster who insisted that more fans were interested in seeing the famed Rattler marching band than the school's strong football team. Jake just grinned and said. "Well. I always tell folks that if we don't give them a good football game the band show during the intermission is worth the price of admission." BENEFIEL SANDERSON JENKINS HUMPHREY CLOSE ITSIIM.W READY ers are listed as doubtful. One bright note for Seacrest is the return of halfback Dave Sanderson, who has been out the last live games this year after leading the Suncoast East in rushing a season ago. Lake Worth s upset hopes hinge on whether or not its two Mikes Benetiel i fullback' and Humphrey 'tailback' can run against Seacrest s rugged delensive line, anchored by tackle Gordon Heady. The Trojans have relied heavily on their running attack this fall, passing sparingly. Cooper is naturally aware of Lake Worth's ground game but is also quick to mention its air attack. "In the last two games. Lake Worth has scored a couple of touchdowns on passes." Cooper said. "They can hurt you with the pass." Humphrey leaves little doubt what he thinks of Seacrest when relax up." he said. "We can't year's I ning, 80-yard drive going. A lightly. A look at last "We scared the pants off them last year.'' Humphrey said "But I do not expect to catch them flatfooted this year. Seacrest has too much at stake this time to be down." Cooper agrees. "1 think both teams will be game, which Seacrest also was rated a decisive favorite, is good proof. Lake Worth was still holding a 6-3 lead with less than five minutes to go in the game before against Lake Worth." Lake Worth will be in excellent physical condition while the Seahawks are hampered by a slight flu bug, which will keep halfback Mike "Hoppy" Hotch-kiss from dressing. Several oth- touchdown with 2:53 showing on the clock finally put Seacrest on top and it went to a 10-6 win and a 10-0 season record. But Coach Humphrey does not expect to catch Seacrest down again this year. The KAMI' coach doesn't like to see his team referred to as! record, ('ouch Bill Humphreys not one to be taken' tne Seahawks got a game-win- team is black. "Negro is a good word.'' he said, "but 1 think colored is a lot more descriptive. Just look at our boys. They are all shades from black to white." As C onserialive As Buckley ! he savs, "Seacrest is one of the Civ-., ft ! A '. .. Si ' ' M -jM W-'. -iM W You listen to Jake talk and for a minute he sounds almost like William Buckley, the conservative Republican editor. "I'm old fashioned." he said, "but I guess I just don't understand today's youth. I get a little tired of all this racism talk. These young guys keep calling for change but they don't offer any positive solutions except, burn. baby, burn.' ones. "Now some educators want to integrate Florida A&M but what they really mean is to make it another predominantly white school. We want to continue as we are. We are doing a job for colored youth in the field of education. I know many of these kids could not compete against white students at the present. But you can't overcome 115 years of privation with instant programs. Integration isn't the magic wand that raises the colored child Iron: a low economic group overnight. "We are building pride and I don't want to see our graduates not have a school to come back to for homecoming games. Our best teams in the state. And it is an honor to play them." Another annual Thanksgiving Eve battle - the Forest Hill-Palm Beach game is alsu in the offering tonight at the Falcons' Kettler Field. If you go by season records. Forest Hill would be the odds-on favorite to take this one. But don't bet on it Forest Hill's Falcons are li-2-l while the Wildcats are 2-7 but as the old hackneyed j expression goes, you can throw away the form charts when old rivals meet." Forest Hill has not lost a game since Sandy Cash man was moved from quarterback to running back although a lie with Dan McCarty blemishes that achievement. But ('ashman is no doubt one of the finest runners in the area and Palm Beach Coach Len Brown is in agreement. "Sandy is a deceiving runner.' Brown said. He is not that last but lie is si rung in the Irish Underdog To USC NEW YORK iUPli-For the first time in Ara Parscgliian's five-year regime at Notre Dame, the Irish are rated an underdog. Oddsmakers Tuesday made top-ranked Southern California a two-point favorite over Notre Dame in their season finale in Los Angeles Saturday. In other important games Sat unlay. Army is lavored by 14 points over Navy in their traditional struggle, labama is a slim one-half-point favorite over Auburn and Oklahoma is a twn-touchdown choice over Ok- la mi State in a bid lor the co-championship ot the Big Eight In a Thanksgiving game. Texas is lavmed by 14 over Texas a victory that would put the Longhorns ,n ik Co! I on Bowl. ther Saturday games have Miami i r'la. i mx over Florida. Tennessee 14 oyer Vanderbilt. Bav lor seven over Rice. Mississippi 13 uyer Mississippi State. Georgia 21) over Georgia Tech and Boston College 13 over Holy (loss. In professional football, the Dei nut I. ions are favored by 13 over the vvmless Philadelphia Eagles .iiid the Dallas Cowboys are liked by 20 over Washington in a pan ol National Football League Thanksgiving games. The Kansas City Chiefs are lavored by 10 points over the Houston (tilers and the Oakland Raiders are whopping 24-point favorites over the liullalo Bills in American Football League turkey dav" clashes. GAITHER HENDERSON HILLS i legs and hips, lie will stick you il given thech.mge." Brown is also impressed with falcon quarterback Dick Hop IIEISMAN TROIMIV INM'K SCORKS A TOl CIIDOWW LAST W'EKK . .IJSCs O.J. Simpson Oosscs The Goal Line Against I (XA 'Blast Play' Favorite Of Heisman Winner kins, who stepped in alter Cush-man was moved. ' This boy lias done a real good job lor them." Brown noted. "He stepped in at quarterback and came through after fullback Dick Hopkins, was injured." Palm Beach claims only wins over Cardinal Newman and North Shore but was an almost-equal for mighty Seacrest the night it played the Seahawks. Seacrest had to score late in the third quarter for a 12-H win. Belle Glade hosts Leonard tonight in a game that will mark the first time Bill Burke, now coach of Leonard, has returned In gaining the award which he barely lost to Gary Beban last ball's best player of the year with a margin of more than 2 1 a to one vote-getter as he is a runner Tuesday by winning the Heisman Trophy as college foot NEW YORK (APi - O.J. Simpson of Southern California turned out to be as potent a vear. Simpson amassed H.r5 i to Belle Glade where he was a alumni is very proud of this school and we want to keep it that way." Gaither changed his subject to the Orange Blossom Classic. "I have dune a lot of sour-searching about this year's foe." said Jake who slowed to clean his glasses with a handkerchief. "A lot of pressure has been put on me to schedule Tampa. Well, next year we have added Tampa to our schedule. We owe it to our fans to give them the strongest opponent we can find for Dec. 7. We picked Alcorn A&M because they are absolutely the strongest. 'Couldn 'l Play Anybody Else' "Now we have another factor." Jake continued after pointing out the visiting Braves have won eight games and lost only once. "For 36 years the Orange Blossom Classic has picked the Rattler opponent from outstanding Negro teams. We couldn't play anybody else. It wasn't our fault. We had to play among our own group. We were conforming to the social patterns of the times. "The fine Negro teams we have selected have enabled us to raise our attendance from 1.800 at the start to a high of 47.000. Negro teams built our crowds. We have an obligation to them. "It is also a nice piece of money for the visiting team. Negro teams can't go to the Rose Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Gator Bowl . . . you know what I mean. To a Negro football team, the Orange Blossom Classic is like the Rose Bowl. T know we could attract a larger crowd this year, maybe 60.00(1 people, if we had invited Tampa. But this is a matter of principle 1 live by principles. If people don't like what we've done . . well, trouble doesn't bother me. I've had plenty of it before." Two area boys will see action for the Rattlers in the classic. Rooert Hills, a 6-foot, 245-pound offensive guard from West Palm Beach, and Charles Henderson, a 6-foot-l. 238-pound offensive tackle (nun Fort Pierce, will be in the starting lineup. Henderson 'Excellent Mocker' "Henderson is one of the hardest-hitting linemen on the teim." Gaither told me. "He is also an excellent blocker. Hills is only a sophomore and an average plaver. He has a good attitude and is a hard worker. And he has two more years ahead of him " Jake described this year's Rattlers (they are 7-1, with only a 9-6 loss to North Carolina A&T to mar the reeordl as "one of my finest teams in recent years. We've worked them harder than any other team. They went through hell to get in shape this season." Said Gaither of his one loss, "the old man upstairs has to smile on our opponents once in a while." And of the Rattlers' 32-13 win over Tennessee A&I. Jake said. "I really wanted to win that one. After all the bad things that man i their coach i has said about me. 1 wanted to shut up the big blabbermouth and send him home with tail between his legs 1 guess wedid, too." They don't hardly make em like Jake Gaither anymore And that's a real shame. first-plac e votes and 2.8::i i coach for 10 years, points. A total of 1.042 sports J Hth clubs are :t-ti and each writers and sportscasters voted ; ,, admits one more victory in the balloting conducted bv j wud help make the season a the Downtown Athletic Club I htile mine enjoyable Lerov Keves of Purdue, also a i 1 ;im looking lorward in go- Jockey Group Tells Women To Stay Away running back, was runnei-up with 1.103 points, and quarterback Terry Hanratty ol Notre Dame was a distant third with 387. Rounding out the top five were tight end Ted Kwahck of Penn State, 254. and defensive end Ted Hendricks of Miami. Fla.. 174. In the 1967 balloting, Simpson NEW YORK i.M'i -- Horse racing, with one of the highest ratios of deaths by accident of any sport, is no place lor a woman jockey, no matter how skillful a rider she may be. That was the position taken Tuesday by Nick Jemas. the national managing director ol the Jockeys Guild, an organization of 1.20(1 reins men In a statement relating to the wr ' "" " J.,---.' h : ' , 1 V A j t , ' I "fvr . i V M h f L : ' i Ijil ing back to Belle Glade." Burke said, "I know it is going to be a good game Belle Glade pushed Pahokee all over the held in the first half the other night Red Jenkins. Belle Glade coach, said, "We are having a little trouble getting the hoys up alter thev were so ready for Pahokee 'This is only natural But I think thev will be okay bv game time Leonard is a sound loot ball team and it will take a good ellort to win." It not only will he Burke's homecoming hut Charles Close, Lancer quarterback, will also he returning to Belle (Jade to lace his old males lor the first time. Close is regarded as one of the better throwers inthearea. V'ero Beach will have an eye on the Seacrest-Lake Worth game while it is battling Dan McCarty tonight. Should Seacrest lose and Yero Beach win. the Indians would share the conference crown and win District 4-.W and the playolf spot. Dan McCarty will be without standouts Jane and Eddie Robinson, who were kicked oil the team for disciplinary' reasons. TONIGHT Spaced at Lake Worth Palm Beac rt at PoreV H-i! Leonard at BelleGlade Dan McCarty at Vero Beach Martin County at Jupiter Oheec hobee at c lewston THURSDAY North Shore at Riviera beach O0a m l Gilford at LPA Flu Bug Attacks Vikings and quarterback Joe Kapp Also missing practice were delensive back Bill Smith, running back Oscar Reed who is on the inactive list, and end Gavle Kniel. Grant said defensive back Carl Kassulke and Paul Krause and linebackers Roy Winston and Mike McGilI attended the brief Tuesdav practice but also were reported ill. Several players were not at full strength in Sunday's 21-9 loss at Baltimore. sudden surge of women applying for jockey licenses to ride at thoroughbred tracks in direct competition with men. Jemas pointed to the high casualty rale. Since 1H4I1. the year the Guild was organized, there have been 82 jockev deaths because of race track spills. Jemas (jueslioned the ability of women to handle themselves in the many split-second situations in which a race rider finds his lile hanging in the balance. In the past week. Penny Ann Earlv. a 2!-year-old feminine exercise rider, has been thwarted several times in her attempt to become the fust woman ruler. The jockovs at Churchill Downs refused to ride against her. forcing cancellation of races in which she was listed to ride. Since that time, the comely rider has signed with a pro basketball team and now is diking of a singing career. Miss Early did get a provisional license to ride in Kentucky The noted show equestrienne. Kathy Kusner. also has been licensed to ride in Maryland but her debut has been delayed by a broken leg sulfered in the National Horse Show at New York's Madison Square Garden. Jemas. a top rider himself in the past, said thai last year there were 100 injuries to riders which were serious enough for the Guild to pay out $200,000 in financial and medical benelits. was edged bv ( ( LA s Beban, 1.968 to 1,722. Keves was third with 1,366. The victory for Simpson this time was not unlike his favorite play with the Trojans. "I used to like the pitch because it gives you a lot ol time to maneuver." the 21-year-old senior told a news conlerence by telephone from Los Angeles. "But my favorite now is the blast play. I just go straight ahead, nothing fancy. They hand me the ball, and we trv to blast the other team right out of there." Simpson did a good job of blasting the other teams during the season and the opposition in the Heisman voting. As a junior college transfer, the San Francisco native was able to play for Southern Cal for just two seasons. But in that time, he has gained an amazing 3.069 yards on the ground, making him the only college back ever to reach the 3,000 mark in two seasons and putting him within 319 yards of the all-time career mark held by a three-year player, Eugene Morris of West Texas State. Simpson would need his greatest day ever against Notre Dame Saturday to reach that record, but he already holds the single season rushing mark. He grabbed that one last Saturday and now has run for 1.654 yards this vear. MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL AP 1 ' - A flu virus spread through the Minnesota Vikings' football team Tuesday, with at least 15 plavers reported ill. Eleven plavers missed practice. Coach Bud Grant said he did not know what effect the sickness will have lor next Sunday's National Football League game in the twin cities against the Los Angeles Rams Running back Bill Brown, the team's leading scorer and ground gainer, and offensive tackle Grady Alderman reported fevers as high as 104 degrees Monday night. Grant said. "It will be at least two days before they i Brown and Alderman can be able to practice again." Grant said. Other starters hit by the flu bug include offensive end Gene Washington, running back Clint Jones, punter King Hill, linebacker Wally Hilgenberg. kick return specialist Bob Brvant f Expos Ink Canadian J fk Penn Stale Selects PBHS For Practice Officials of Pennsylvania State University chose Palm Beach High School field here Tuesday as the practice site for the Nittany Lions for their Orange Bowl football engagement against Kansas New Year's night. Penn State's coaches and players are expected to fly to West Palm Beach Dec. 20 and remain here through Dec. 27 before moving to Miami for the game. The team will be quartered at the Biltmore Hotel on Palm Beach. Li rm.l 4.. MONTREAL 1 1 PI i The National League Montreal Expos Tuesday announced the signging of their first Canadian player, pitched Gaetan Groleau. to their Sarasota farm club in the Florida Gulf Coast League. UPI Ttlephoto CUTS KECOKD - Penny Ann Early, who wants to become America's first woman jockey, is shown as she arrived in Nashville to cut her first record. Miss Early says, "I ride better than I sing."

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